| Jul 25, 2013
England has a new royal baby, Prince George.
But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own.
And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Sunday's print column For years it's been my sense that the Madigan name doesn't send chills down the spines of average Illinois residents. Despite the yeoman's effort of print and broadcast pundits to portray veteran Democratic state House Speaker...
| Jul 12, 2013
If only we lived in a comic book, instead of the corrupt, windswept political wasteland now known to taxpayers as Madiganistan, we'd know just what to do:
We'd go up on top of the Tribune Tower, flick on a switch, activate a giant spotlight and...
| Jul 11, 2013
What does Jell-O look like as it grows a spine?
It looks like Gov. Pat Quinn.
It's amazing what happens to a man when he grabs an entire state General Assembly by its paychecks and begins to squeeze. It's the old Illinois saying: Grab their wallets,...
| Jul 14, 2013
When human beings are slapped in the mouth, again and again, by a political class that laughs at them, at least one thing should happen.
Those getting slapped should have the decency to wince.
So wince, Chumbolone Nation. Wince.
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:23 PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brushed aside questions Wednesday about whether her father, powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, has ever asked her to hire or give a raise to someone and also denied she misled campaign donors when raising...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Friday's print column My Wednesday column focused on an extraordinary story — the heroism of a 51-year-old Northwest Side man who chased down an alleged thief near the lakefront on July 4 after he said he saw the man victimize......
| Jul 3, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn's desperate attempts to keep guns out of the hands of Illinois residents ("Quinn makes tough changes to concealed carry bill," July 3) reminded me of a panel discussion Glenn Beck conducted on his TV show.
The panelists were victims of...
| Jul 7, 2013
Another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist .
Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Do not appoint Democratic state Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 5:02 AM
Lawmakers return to Springfield today, poised to override Gov. Pat Quinn's rewrite of a proposed law allowing concealed carry of firearms, but his actions and those of his potential rivals have created a conundrum for many Downstate Democrats in the early...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Wealthy money manager Bruce Rauner reported more than $700,000 in big donations for his Republican governor bid as fundraising for the second quarter of the year came to a close, state campaign finance records showed Monday.
Rauner, who formally...